Major Moments: Masters - The Shots They Want Back
If given the chance, which shots would players choose to hit one more time? Pros, along with Golf Digest editors, discuss where they wish they had a mulligan.
Released on 4/6/2015
|Executive Producer:||Harris Levinson|
Produced by: Emoticon Productions
Well, the Masters is, every year there's five mulligans
by, you know, three players who didn't win.
But the ones that I remember the most
are the greatest players and their biggest regrets.
And Jack Nicklaus has very few.
I think probably the one that cost me more
was 1971, I think, I decided to take a three wood
to try to get on the green.
I knocked it in the water, made eight,
and lost the tournament.
I think if I'd birdied that hole,
or played it conservatively, and played it properly,
I might have won the golf tournament.
You know a lot of people would like shots back
at Augusta National,
but I think the one thing that a player really wants back
is the pencil mark.
And that's Roberto De Vicenzo in 1968, right?
He goes out, he shoots the round of his life, a 65,
thinks he's in the play off with Bob Goalby,
Comes in, turns out he signs for four instead of a three
on the 17th hole, loses the tournament by a shot.
If someone could have something back, that would be it.
When you're talking about mulligans at the Masters,
I'm pretty sure Greg Norman would want a lifetime of them.
The one that stands out for me
is his approach to the ninth green at the '96 Masters.
Norman had a six shot lead going into the final day.
It was all there, ready for him to slip on the green jacket.
Ninth hole, he's in perfect position,
and he hits it in the exact wrong place,
he hits it short and makes bogey.
And that was a clear indication to him
that everything was gonna go wrong for the rest of the day.
I always thought the clearest mulligan
anybody would have wanted was the shot that Tiger Woods,
when it hit the pin and bounced back in the water
on the 15th hole during the 2013 Masters.
I mean he had a great shot and got really unlucky.
But out of that came this incredibly unlucky penalty,
came all these rules infractions.
I mean, let's say he knocks that to three feet
and makes the putt, instead of making a bogey,
maybe he wins the Masters,
so you don't have this question hanging over his head.
And even if he gets injured afterwards,
people are talking about how unlucky it is
that Tiger got injured, rather than anything else.